December 9, 2014
The missionaries arriving from the Spain MTC always arrive a day before the missionaries who arrive from the Provo MTC. They usually get all their luggage and we always say a heartfelt thanks for that tender mercy. It's probably because their flight is only two hours and there are no layovers. Because they come a day earlier, we are able to spend extra time with them and get to know them right away. For President it's no big deal, but for me who struggles with the language, it's a time to learn to communicate with them. We were able to spend some quality time with them and even took them to see the church of San Giovanni (St. John) and drove by the Colosseum. Even though most of them come from Northern Italy, that's a treat for them. We try to get them to bed early because the next day we arrange for them to do real missionary work with the missionaries currently serving in Rome. It's a great opportunity for both of them.